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Charlie Hebdo, writers and effecting change

PRIORITIES: Freedom of speech is important and must be defended. But just focusing on the freedom to provoke, instead of the power of words to effect change, loses the point.

THE recent killing of satirists at Paris-based Charlie Hebdo has ignited a maelstrom of discussion about free speech and its limits, particularly in this case in relation to the world's major religions. Various commentaries have been issued, including about the Pope's recent pronouncements.